Red Dead Redemption 2 - Trinkets and Talisman Guide
Trinkets and Talisman are two categories of powerful equipment perks in Red Dead Redemption 2. In this guide I'm covering every Trinket and Talisman in the game, including every bonus effect and crafting ingredient required to make them.
Unlike consumables, Trinkets and Talisman provide permanent perks. These include anything from increased money from looting, slowing weapon degradation to reducing damage and doubling your resistance to alcohol. You don't have to equip the item; their effects are always active once crafted. Note, you can show or hide talismans in the Wardrobe menu.
Although both Trinkets and Talisman are unlocked in the menu after completing Chapter 1, many of the ingredients to craft them will not be readily available until you explore deeper into the world map. Almost all of the Trinket's require a legendary animal part so get ready for some serious hunting.
Of the two perks, Talisman are the more powerful and as such they require Special crafting materials such as Cobalt Petrified Wood, Abalone Shell Fragment, Old Brass Compass and several others. For locations for each of these special items, see the end of this guide.
So let's start with a look at Trinkets
There are 15 Trinkets to obtain in RDR2. The table below shows each of the Trinkets, their bonus effects and the method of obtaining them. In all cases, Trinkets are crafted at Fences which are unlocked during the story - these Fences are actually little wooden shacks with an NPC who offers the crafting menu.
|Name ||Effect ||Availability |
|Beaver Tooth Trinket ||Slows weapon degradation by 10% ||Crafted at fences: legendary beaver tooth |
|Tatanka Bison Horn Trinket ||Decrease the amount of melee damage received by 10% ||Crafted at fences: legendary tatanka bison horn |
|Buck Antler Trinket ||Receive higher quality parts when skinning animals ||Crafted at fences: legendary buck antler |
|Cougar Fang Trinket ||Increases your stamina XP gains by 10% ||Crafted at fences: legendary cougar fang |
|Coyote Fang Trinket ||Increases your Dead Eye XP gains by 10% ||Crafted at fences: legendary coyote fang |
|Elk Antler Trinket ||Increases money obtained by looting by 10% ||Crafted at fences: legendary elk antler |
|Fox Claw Trinket ||Increases Eagle Eye duration by 5 seconds ||Crafted at fences: legendary fox claw |
|Lion's Paw Trinket ||Increases your stamina XP gains by 10% ||Crafted at fences: lions paw |
|Moose Antler Trinket ||Increases your health XP gains by 10% ||Crafted at fences: legendary moose antler |
|Panther's Eye Trinket ||Decreases the speed at which Dead Eye meter drains by 10% for three seconds ||Crafted at fences: legendary panthers eye |
|Pronghorn Horn Trinket ||Stop animals stored on your horse from spoiling ||Crafted at fences: legendary pronghorn horn |
|Ram Horn Trinket ||Doubles the amount of herbs you obtain when picking organo, creeping thyme and wild mint ||Crafted at fences: legendary ram horn |
|Wolf Heart Trinket ||Doubles your resistance to alcohol ||Crafted at fences: legendary wolf heart |
|Owl Feather Trinket ||Reduces health, stamina and Dead Eye core drain speed by 15% ||Reward for completing the "Archeology for Beginners" without killing a single guard |
|Iguana Scale Trinket ||Reduces damage you receive while on horseback by 10% ||Free reward for Special/Ultimate edition of the game only |
Like Trinkets, Talismans are powerful permanent perks. They stand at a higher level than Trinkets though, and as such, require far more rarer ingredients to craft. In total there are 6 Talismans in the game.
|Name ||Effect ||Availability |
|Alligator Tooth Talisman ||Decreases the speed at which Dead Eye core drains by 10% ||Crafted at fences: |
- Vintage Civil War Handcuffs
- Gold Joined Bracelet
- Legendary Alligator Tooth
|Bear Claw Talisman ||Decreases the speed at which health core drains by 10% ||Crafted at fences: |
- Silver Chain Bracelet
- Quartz Chunk
- Legendary Bear Claw
|Boar Tusk Talisman ||Decreases the speed at which your horses health and stamina cores drain by 10% ||Crafted at fences: |
- Cobalt Petrified Wood
- Gold Earing
- Legendary Boar Tusk
|Bison Horn Talisman ||Decreases the speed at which the stamina core drains by 10% ||Crafted at fences: |
- Abalone Shell Fragment
- Silver Earing
- Legendary Bison Horn
|Raven Claw Talisman ||Slows weapon degradation by 20% ||Crafted at fences: |
|Eagle Talon Talisman ||Increases the Eagle Eye duration by five seconds ||Reward from Special/Ultimate edition of the game |
Where to find special crafting ingredients
As you've just seen, several of the Talismans above, and one of the Trinkets, require very rare and unique crafting ingredients. These can only be found in one location, sometimes as part of a quest.
The table below highlights how to find each of the special crafting items in the game:
|Name ||Required for ||How to find |
|Vintage War Handcuffs ||Alligator Tooth Talisman ||Mail in one set of cigarette cards as part of "Smoking and Other Hobbies" quest. |
|Lion's Paw ||Lion's Paw Trinket ||During "He's British of Course -IV", take from the lion |
|Quartz Chunk ||Bear Claw Talisman ||Mail in the first dinosaur bone location, part of "A Test of Faith" quest |
|Cobalt Petrified Wood ||Boar Tusk Talisman ||On the cart, under a rock overhang, northwest of lake Isabella |
|Abalone Shell Fragment ||Bison Horn Talisman ||Inside the old house, short walk north from sheriffs station in Rhodes |
|Old Brass Compass ||Raven Claw Talisman ||Found in Francis Sinclairs cabin after mailing all 10 rock carving locations. Part of "Geology for Beginners" quest. |